Welcome to Bluelabs Photography’s website. I am Allen Kinnard, Photographer. My beautiful wife Angie and I work as a team. At Blue Labs Photography, we strive to capture those unforgettable moments in yours and your loved ones lives through the art and passion of photography. We promise you images you will cherish for a lifetime. We also treat our brides like the V.I.P. that she is.
Where did the name Blue Labs come from? We have always loved labrador retrievers. Our current Labrador is a chocolate lab named “Victoria Rose”. She is a loving family member and our inspiration for the name of our business. She is a people lover and very loyal like her owners.
While I was in the eleventh grade I took a yearbook/school newspaper class which meant taking photos to capture those great moments we all remember in high school. This was when I was awakened to the world of art and compassion through photographic images. I fell in love with the concept of capturing a memory for a lifetime. My first camera was a Pentax. While in college, I continued to study and take photography classes as well as pictures. This is when I was introduced to my first Nikon camera. I have only bought Nikon cameras since.
Right out of High School I started working with several photographers taking family portraits to doing weddings. This is where I developed my creative eye, but also became frustrated with the limited aspects of film. I loved creating wonderful images, but I was very limited due to the cost and time required with film. This has changed drastically with today’s digital camera’s I have gone from taking only a couple of hundred images during a wedding, to several thousand. This has allowed us to become very creative in the images we take.
For more than 20 years I have continued to take classes and to attend professional photography workshops to sharpen my skills and learn how to always technically achieve the results you will love. As well as staying up to date with modern technology. We are definitely living in a digital world now. My wife and I are both trained in digital darkroom and do all enhancements right here. At Blue Labs Photography, we know it is very important to always have a backup on hand when at sessions to avoid mishaps. You will never catch us without a few extras.
On June 21st, 2011 we moved into our new office on 350 Main Street, suite H1 Pleasanton, California. The office is open by appointment only, so call and come check it out.
Allen and Angie
Angie and I met over 14 years ago. For some reason, she fell in love with me and has endured over 12 years of marriage. Being a husband and wife team gives us a unique perspective with our art. We truly understand the raw emotion of the situation and this allows us to capture the love and feeling you have.
We have 5 kids, 3 girls and 2 boys. Their ages range from 27 to 5. We are excited to tell you we have our first grand child. We love our kids and share our passions for photography with them. As a matter of fact, our second shooter is our beautiful daughter Jessica. I guess that means we are a family oriented business. Our twelve year old son even likes to help hold a reflector or flash here and there to help get those perfect shots. Our five year old tells us ooh and ahh when he loves an image we are retouching. His new thing every time we go out the door now is to ask us if we are going to shoot a wedding.
|San Francisco Giants- Family time that is fun and a quick B.A.R.T. ride away from homeCountry Music-One of the types of music Angie & I can agree on and grew up listening too. Angie loves to watch American Idol. That’s how I found Crystal Bowersox to be one of my favorites to listen too.Netflix- When we are enhancing images, building images and working on other business stuff, our 4 year old can watch his favorite educational shows no matter what time it is. Sid the Science Kid and Word World are some of his favorites! Then We can take a break and watch a movie too. What’s Not to love?!
Disney Land- Our family loves this place or world of magical themes. We spend quality time together and make unforgettable memories every year when our prime season is at its end.
|Starbucks- Our first date. Unforgettable Memories! We love to meet people here and build new relationships. It’s a cozy atmosphere and they have drinks for everyone in any type of weather. Plus when we sit down with you, we buy!Fort Point San Francisco- Now for those of you who have gone here with us- enough said. This is a beautiful historic landmark in San Francisco that we love to create Unforgettable images at. Red Robin A fun place to hang out and eat great food while spending quality time with our hungry munchkins after a long days work.
Monterrey Bay Aquarium- Fun and educational place we take our kids to learn and get to take beautiful images of the bay. We love it so much, we are members
|Cold Stone Ice Cream-yumm! Each of us have our favorites! Stacey’s Pleasanton-Now this is a romantic dining experience like no other that Angie & I have come to love and enjoy every year around our anniversary in May.Video Games- We all play! We are a gamer family so to speak. We can be interacting with each other( even competitively) while playing our favorite games. Allen is currently deeply involved in Star Wars the Old Republic!
Taco Bell on the Beach (Pacifica)- Have you ever wanted to eat fast food on the beach. There is nothing like sand in your taco…lol! We love to take a drive with gorgeous views and end up at this taco bell right on the beach. Afterwards we let our boys run wild in the sand while taking awesome photographs!
Here are some of our favorite vendors
A Love’s In Bloom- Valerie is an awesome florist with a wonderful personality. I love all her work and she really can put together some awesome color palettes.
Deb’s Flower Market- Joel has shown his unforgettable talent to us numerous times during shows as well as at events we have worked.
Wente Vineyards/Murietta’s Well-Very professional staff at a beautiful winery tucked away in Livermore, CA
Jefferson Street Mansion- Beautiful Historical Mansion tucked beneath the Benicia Bridge. Rene’ is a professional coordinator for this venue and she keeps it running so smoothly on your big day.
Garre Winery- A venue with charm also in Livermore. They have a very friendly staff and the grounds are beautiful around the wedding tent. We got this awesome vineyard shot right near the tent.
Blackhawk Auto Museum- If you love classic cars, this is the right venue for you! Filled with class and elegance. Their coordinator and staff are professional and friendly. Outside and inside this auto museum are perfect opportunities for splendid images. Located in Blackhawk Plaza Danville, CA
Palm Event Center-Between Pleasanton and Livermore. Beautifully run venue for weddings etc with palm trees and vineyards both right next door to Ruby Hill and across the street from Casa Real two other great venues!
Primrose- Located in downtown Pleasanton right below our office. This family owned business is full of wonderful delights from cookies to pastries to many tiered wedding cakes. They have a lot of beautifully designed cakes on display and have been around for a very long time. Here is the cake they designed for the Star 101.3 fm wedding winners wedding on October 1, 2011-
Noland’s Bakery- Oh my goodness- yummm! They have a lot of variety and talk about moist…. I love this bakeries cake! Also located in downtown Pleasanton behind Vic’s!
Sinful Bliss Cupcakes-located in Pleasant Hill downtown near the theater. Delicious and moist cupcakes for any event. Lots of flavors to choose from.